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Game 2: Clippers 107 - Spurs 111 (Final)

In a much more closely contested game, the Spurs beat the Clippers 111-117 at Staples Center. The Clippers came back from 10 down in the 4th quarter to send the game to overtime but would end up faltering in the overtime period. The Clippers now head to San Antonio with the series tied 1-1.

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Some quick thoughts on the game:

  • The game started off in the Spurs favor, as almost every call went their way for the first 6 minutes of the 1st quarter. Fouls were called on the Clippers big men, while the Spurs got the benefit of close calls on the defensive end. There was a questionable back court violation, where the ref closest to the action signaled that it was a lose ball, and therefore not a violation, but lead official Joey Crawford over ruled the call. There was also what seemed to be a double dribble by Kawhi Leonard that was not called.
  • Blake Griffin came out with continued energy after a strong game 1, and had 19 points in the first half.
  • The first half was Griffin and Chris Paul versus the Spurs, as the two Clippers combined for 30 of the Clippers 47 first half points.
  • There was a big free throw disparity in the first half, with the Clippers shooting just 2 to the Spurs 16.
  • The second half started just like the first half, with calls going the Spurs way, including what looked like J.J. Redick being fouled on a three point shot, or at least having his shot blocked out of bounds, ruled just a missed shot, and ended up being an air ball.
  • It was nice to see former Clippers President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor at the game, sitting court side with Steve Ballmer.
  • The Clippers didn't play great defense to finish the 3rd quarter, allowing Patty Mills to hit 2 big 3 pointers just after the Clippers had taken a 72-71 lead.
  • The Clippers were cold to start the 4th quarter, as San Antonio pulled away to a 10 point lead half way through.
  • After the Spurs picked up their 4th team foul, and the Clippers down 8, Tim Duncan tried to intentionally foul Deandre Jordan, but the refs did not call it. This allowed J.J. Redick to hit a three pointer, and an angry Gregg Popovich received a technical foul. Unfortunately, Redick missed the free throw.
  • The Hack-a-DJ strategy seemed to hurt the Spurs more than help, especially in the 4th quarter. Not only did it allow the Clippers to get back in the game, but it got Tim Duncan in foul trouble.
  • The Clippers defensive intensity picked up in the final 3 minutes of the game, but they struggled on the offensive end.
  • The Clippers made a couple of key mistakes in the overtime period, with Blake Griffin turning the ball over with a chance to take the lead, and the team allowing Patty Mills to smear behind the defense to score and give the Spurs a 103-101 lead.
  • J.J. Redick missed an open 3 pointer with less than 30 seconds left in overtime and a chance to tie the game.
  • Chris Paul played great defense against Tony Parker, holding him to just 1 point.
  • The Clippers bench continued to struggle.
  • Tony Parker went to the locker room halfway through the 4th quarter and did not return, with a right achilles injury.
  • The Clippers finally lost a game in which DJ shot 14 or more free throws.

Some Video Highlights from the Game:

A full game recap will be up shortly.